Brad Paisley and Heidi Newfield Dominate ACM Nominations
Ladies and gentleman, your 44th annual Academy of Country Music Awards nominees. (Visit the link for full list.)
Entertainer of the Year
Kenny Chesney | Brad Paisley | George Strait | Carrie Underwood | Keith Urban
Top Male Vocalist
Kenny Chesney | Toby Keith | Brad Paisley | George Strait | Keith Urban
Top Female Vocalist
Miranda Lambert | Heidi Newfield | Taylor Swift | Carrie Underwood | Lee Ann Womack
Top Vocal Group
Lady Antebellum | Little Big Town | Rascal Flatts | Randy Rogers Band | The Lost Trailers
Top Vocal Duo
Big & Rich | Brooks & Dunn | Joey & Rory | Montgomery Gentry | Sugarland
Top New Male Vocalist
Jamey Johnson | James Otto | Jake Owen
Top New Female Vocalist
Sarah Buxton | Julianne Hough | Ashton Shepherd
Top New Vocal Duo or Group
Eli Young Band | The Lost Trailers | Zac Brown Band
- Molly Bee, a popular country singer in the ’50s and ’60s, died on Saturday at the age of 69 from complications related to a stroke.
- Listen to an acoustic version of Ben Kweller‘s “Fight” recorded at the KUT studios last week.
- Kenny Chesney discusses his marriage to Renee Zellweger and refutes gay rumors in an interview with Playboy magazine.
“I’ve got a long line of girls who could testify that I am not gay.”
When pressed about the number of women, whether it’s more than 100, Chesney said he probably reached 100 in 2001. “My first five years on the road were intense because I was the guy in college who never got laid until I started playing guitar,” he said.
- This week’s “Country Quizzin'” feature at Country Universe requires you to identify eleven famous songwriters. It just might be the most genius edition yet, so go check it out.
- Ashley Monroe added a couple of new songs to her MySpace with Brendan Benson, who she met on the set for The Raconteurs video shoot. Look for “The Things I Do” and “Grey.”
- The producers from FremantleMedia are looking for talent for season two of CMT’s Can You Duet and they’re pre-screening entries on GotCast.com, where you could get a ‘front of line’ pass for the filmed, live open call on March 7th in Nashville. (via email)
- In his latest article, Ninety Mile Wind’s Craig Bickhardt bemoans the loss of deep creativity in his own life and ponders the effect of a fast-paced world on music.
If we want to have the experience of deep creativity we must make the time for it. We all must make time for it. The quality of the time spent searching your heart and soul for a song is not as exciting as a new iphone app or the thrill of a gossipy email, but then again how shallow is a thrill anyway?
What do you think, are the internet and multi-tasking eroding your abilities to focus deeply on one subject for extended periods of time?
- Download Raul Malo‘s “Lucky One” from his album of the same name, due out on March 3.
- Sunny Sweeney wants you to list all the songs you can think of with the word “rain” in the title. I wonder if an iTunes search counts as cheating.
- Listen to audio samples of “You Hurt Me All Over Again” and “He’s Holding Onto Me” from April Verch, who is known as a fiery fiddler, and read what she has to say about each.
- Juli Thanki adds some perspective to the new Wynonna covers album, Sing: Chapter 1: “Though the album is nothing remarkable, Wynonna should be applauded for her efforts to cure insomnia: the release will make all but the most dedicated Judd-head nod off. There’s very little separating this record from the easy listening played in grocery stores and doctors’ offices.”
- Marty Stuart touched on the topics of his self-titled television show, current albums that he’s recording and producing, and his personal collection of country music memorabilia in an interview with Country Universe’s Blake Boldt.
What’s the greatest satisfaction in maintaining this historical collection you’ve amassed throughout the year?
…much of the songs, the artifacts, the artists, were lost. I wanted to be a missionary, to represent and keep watch over the music, to have some sort of remembrance of it. It’s part of America’s culture and history. It defines who we are, who we were, and who we’ll be. Country music is timeless. I wanted to be a steward of this stuff.
- Jason Eady has a free download of “When The Money’s All Gone” from his new album, due out this spring, available on his site. The song was co-written with Walt Wilkins last fall. (via Galleywinter Twitter)
- Congratulations to Pam, who was randomly chosen as the winner of our most recent contest here at The 9513. She’ll receive a hand-written lyric sheet and the newest album from the Zac Brown Band. Currently at 334 comments, the contest was not only our biggest to date, but also the most commented article on The 9513. Ever. If you didn’t win this time, try your hand at the new Willie and the Wheel giveaway.
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- Leeann Ward: Thanks, NM. I like a good pop hook, to be honest. So, maybe I need to try it again.
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim Z. That changes everything. I surrender.
- Jim Z: to call the Dirty River Boys an "Austin area band" is still incorrect. They are based in El Paso.
- nm: Leeann, you and I often have similar tastes in more-traditional country. And, to my ears, Sam Hunt's voice and lyrics …
- Barry Mazor: Matter of fact, as always--I did. The notes say the album was recorded & mixed by and at "The …
- Roger: Looking forward to picking up the Jamey Johnson Christmas EP - love all of those songs and can't wait for …
- Jim Z: that record was recorded in El Paso. (you could look it up) and other than appearing in Austin once in …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, I can always use more dobro in my life! Thanks for the Phil Leadbetter tip! I haven't been able to …
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim. The record's more or less out of Austin. But I'm sure they're also good in El Paso...